Showing posts with label Property Tax Reduction Long Island. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Property Tax Reduction Long Island. Show all posts

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Understanding The Tax Grievance Process


Long Island homeowners are no strangers to high property taxes, which is why here at P.T.R.C. Inc., we have made it our mission to ensure that they are paying the lowest amount of property taxes as required by law. How do we do so? By working on their behalf during the tax grievance process.

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If you're a new homeowner or a homeowner that hasn't taken action to try and reduce your property taxes in the past, we know you might not be familiar with what a tax grievance is and how the process works. That's why today, we're here to share the steps we take so that you are well informed when the opportunity to file comes around again - here's how it works:

Step 1: The first step is for you to submit your signed application during the application period (contact us for specific details on when this is). You'll need to fill out the application based on your county, which can be found on our website when the application period is open.

Step 2: Once we receive your application, look out for a confirmation from our team - we'll confirm that the application has been submitted within the deadline and that you're eligible to file the grievance application.

Step 3: The P.T.R.C. Inc. team will represent you before the Board of Assessment Review (BAR) if you live in Suffolk County, or the Assessment Review Commission (ARC) if you live in Nassau County.

Step 4: Depending on the decision made by the ARC or BAR, we will either accept the reduction or we will move onto a Small Claims Assessment Review (SCAR).

Note: if a reduction is denied at the board level, SCAR is the only way that a reduction can be obtained. A $30 court filing fee is required in order for SCAR to purchase an index number - this guarantees that your case will be heard. 

Step 5: P.T.R.C. Inc. purchases the index number for you and completes all of the necessary paperwork on your behalf. After the appeal has been filed for, the Supreme Court will schedule a hearing. 

Note: many SCAR appeals are filed each year, so it can take several months to get a hearing.

Step 6: Your P.T.R.C. Inc. representative works to prepare all of the documentation needed for the appeal process, including a Comparable Market Analysis.

Step 7: P.T.R.C Inc. appears on your behalf in the hearing and presents all of the evidence needed in order to successfully obtain a reduction.

Step 8: For successful cases, depending on your hearing date and the municipality, there are a few ways in which the reduction can be reflected. For example, you may see it on your tax bills, at which point you would pay your taxes based on the lowered assessed value - in this case, no refund is due to you. 

In some instances, you may receive a refund check directly, which would be issued for any overpayment of taxes that resulted from the reduction.

Lastly, there could be a partial adjustment in your assessed value, in which case you would also receive a partial refund.

If your request for a reduction is turned down, you will not be subjected to any penalties and you can try to file again the following year. 

Still have questions about the grievance process and how our team can help? To learn more, please visit www.ptrc.com or give us a call at (516) or (631) 484-0654. We can also be reached via email at info@ptrc.com!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Top 5 Things Every Aspiring Homeowner Should Know

Property Tax Reduction Consultants
125 Jericho Turnpike, Suite 500 
Jericho, NY 11753
(516) 484-0654 or (631) 484-0654

Earlier this month, we shared five expenses that all aspiring homeowners absolutely need to be aware of to help them figure out how much house they can truly afford. Today, we're taking it a step further to share some more things that all aspiring homeowners should know, even those things that might not necessarily involve budgeting and money - take a look below.

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1. The school district matters.
It doesn't matter if you don't have children and aren't planning to - the school district always matters when it comes to buying a home. That's because if you plan to sell in the future, buyers who do have children are going to be looking for a home in a neighborhood with top-notch schools. As such, not only will your home be more desirable to buyers if it's in a neighborhood with good schools, but it could also cause your property value to go up.

2. Renovations should always be backed by a professional.
This goes without saying both before you buy a home and after. As you're house hunting, make sure that any and all renovations have been done by a professional - especially renovations that include things like electrical work. DIY may be a trend these days, but for your family's safety, you'll want to make sure that any updates to the home were done correctly.

The same goes once you own a home too. If you plan to do any work, always have a professional involved - you can bet that if you sell in the future, just like you, buyers are going to want a home that doesn't pose any safety risks.

3. Knowing building plans is a must.
Most of the time, aspiring homeowners are concerned with one thing and one thing only - the home that they are about to purchase. However, it's also important to be concerned with building plans that the neighborhood may have. For example, you might find a home with a huge piece of property next to it, but who's to say that the property won't soon be taken over by a commercial building? If you don't want to be surprised after moving in, you'll want to look into what plans the neighborhood has for your block and the surrounding areas.

4. Yes, you must read all documents.
Being handed stacks and stacks of paperwork may seem overwhelming, and you might think you can get by just by reviewing the "important parts." Truth is, you need to read it all, especially if you're moving into a community that requires HOA fees or that might have certain rules and regulations you need to follow. Again, just like knowing building plans can help you avoid surprises, so can reading all the documents you are presented with thoroughly.

5. Land surveys can be incredibly helpful.
Although the seller may tell you where the property begins and ends, it isn't enough just to rely on what they say and hope it's true. If you have any questions about the property and boundary lines, your best bet is to have a land survey done before you buy, especially if you know you'll want to make certain updates such as installing a fence later on.

While there is definitely a lot for aspiring homeowners to look into, by taking the time to do a little research, and by spending some more time planning, you can help create a much more pleasant experience for yourself when it comes time to buy.

Are you hoping to purchase a home on Long Island soon? If so, contact the team here at P.T.R.C. Inc. when it comes time to start discussing your property taxes - if you think you're paying too much, we can work with you to try and find reductions!

For more information about the services we provide, please visit www.ptrc.com or call (516) or (631) 484-0654 today.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Frequently Asked Questions About Property Taxes

Property Tax Reduction Consultants
125 Jericho Turnpike, Suite 500 
Jericho, NY 11753
(516) 484-0654 or (631) 484-0654

Especially for those who are buying a home for the first time, we know that there is a lot to learn about what it means to be a homeowner - specifically, what expenses are involved? While some answers are easy to figure out (for instance, there's your water bill, and that can be self explanatory), others are bit more involved - here, we're talking about property taxes.

To help you out a bit, today we're answering some of the most frequently asked questions we get about property taxes; take a look below.

Property Tax FAQs

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Q: What determines the amount of a property tax bill?
A: Your property taxes are determined by multiplying your property's assessment (which is your assessment minus any exemptions) by the tax rates for school districts, municipalities, counties and special districts. More on how property taxes are calculated can be found in this blog.

Q: What is a property tax assessment?
A: Like we mentioned in question #1, your property's assessment is used in order to determine how much you pay in property taxes. To figure out your property's assessment, market value is taken into consideration.

Q: What is market value?
A: Market value refers to how much a property would sell for under normal circumstances. For the most part, it is usually determined by comparing the property to other similar homes/properties.

Q: Why do taxes go up every year?
A: Your taxes can change each year for a number of reasons, including changes in the school district or local government such as budget changes and revenue. Also, the tax rates typically increase each year, so even when your property's assessment doesn't change, you'll see an increase since tax rates are a factor in your bill. Of course, if your assessment does change, that could impact things too.

Q: What can I do if my property taxes keep rising?
A: As a homeowner, you are entitled to file what is known as a property tax grievance. What this means is that you can have your assessment reviewed by the assessor to determine if you are eligible for a reduction. If the assessor does not offer a reduction, you may file an appeal to have an impartial hearing officer take a look and determine whether or not your house is overvalued for tax purposes.

Q: Can you explain the property tax grievance process further?
A: Ultimately, property tax grievances are formal complaints against the value your property has been assessed at. The two levels of formal review include:
  • Administrative review (BAR or ARC): this is when the grievance process happens at the municipal level.
  • Judicial review (SCAR): this occurs after the administrative review - in fact, you must go through the administrative review first in order to pursue a judicial review. Currently, the state imposes a $30.00 filing fee for each case it sees.
Q: How long is the grievance process?
A: The grievance process does not happen overnight, so you will need to be prepared for it to take some time - it could take as long as 18 months from start to finish. 

Q: Does it matter if I live in an incorporated village?
A: Typically, yes - most villages have their own assessment rolls for village taxes, so they require a separate filing if you want to grieve their taxes.

Q: When can I file?
A: If you live in Nassau County, you can file between January 1st and March 1st. If you live in Suffolk County, you can file between May 1st and May 17th.

Q: Am I able to apply on my own?
A: Absolutely. However, since most homeowners are not familiar with the information and evidence that is needed to represent themselves properly during a property tax hearing, it's recommended that you turn to a professional such as P.T.R.C. Inc. for help.

Q: What if I am turned down?
A: If your request is turned down, nothing will happen and your property taxes will simply remain the same. You do not have to worry about any penalties, and in fact, you can try to file again the following year if you'd like.

If you're interested in filing a tax grievance for your Long Island home, our team would be more than happy to take care of things on your behalf! We have secured millions of dollars in reductions and refunds for homeowners in the past, and we only charge a fee for successful cases!

For more information about our services, please give us a call at (516) or (631) 484-0654, or email info@ptrc.com.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Property Tax Reduction On Long Island

Property Tax Reduction Consultants
125 Jericho Turnpike, Suite 500 
Jericho, NY 11753
516-484-0654 or 631-484-0654
www.PTRC.com

If you live in Nassau or Suffolk County and think you're paying too much in property taxes, we can help you to try and reduce them. Beginning in September, homeowners in Nassau and Suffolk County can submit applications for property tax reduction. 

For your convenience, we've uploaded downloadable applications in both PDF and Microsoft Word format on our website. If you'd rather go digital, you can also apply online! If you choose to fill out an application manually on a PDF or word document, all we ask is that you email your scanned application to applications@ptrc.com or, you can fax it to (516) 484-2565. It's that easy!

For Nassau County residents, the deadline to apply falls on March 2, 2015. For Suffolk County residents, your deadline is May 19, 2015

Are you ready to earn back the savings you deserve? At P.T.R.C, our consultants are dedicated to making sure that you pay the lowest property tax as required by law. Our team has helped over 175,000 homeowners with their property taxes and have found them savings they never thought were possible. With over 25 years of experience, we know which approaches work best, and depending on your eligibility, we'll take every step to get your cost down to where it needs to be.

For more information, visit us at www.ptrc.com or give us a call at (516)/(631) 484-0654 today!

Friday, June 13, 2014

FAQ's Answered

Property Tax Reduction Consultants
125 Jericho Turnpike, Jericho, NY 11753
516-484-0654 or 631-484-0654
www.PTRC.com

Do you ever feel like you're overpaying on your property taxes? P.T.R.C. is dedicated to assuring all of our clients pay the lowest possible property taxes as required by law. 

Below we have answered a couple of Frequently Asked Questions by homeowners. If you have any questions you need answered, contact us today! We would be more than happy to assist you.

Q: How is my property tax determined?
A: Depending on where you live, the places that your tax money goes to differs. Nassau County’s taxing jurisdictions range in size from the county to everything that the county offers. For example, there are libraries, local school districts, cities and villages.  There are some cities and/or villages that have their own tax rolls which are prepared by the Department of Assessment. Village or city purposed and school purposes taxes are billed separately. However, the rest of the tax rates are added together and then multiplied by the assessment of your property. That assessment is equal to your property tax which includes tax for the county, town and special district purposes.


Q: Should I challenge my assessment if I own a private home and think the market value estimate is too high?
A: Yes. The houses around you in your neighborhood will help you determine what an accurate price range would be if you were to put your house up for sale.


Q: What if I own investment or a business property?
A: If you were to file a grievance, it must be an owner occupied 1,2, or 3 family home and you must live in it when seeking for relief.


Q: When is filing time?
A: Nassau - Jan 1st - March 3rd, 2014; Suffolk - May 3rd - May 20th, 2014


Q: Can I apply on my own?
A:  Yes. In several cases, there are homeowners that are unsure of what specific information is necessary when representing themselves for a property hearing. In order to fix that problem, PTRC’s experience and highest technology will provide you with everything you need.


Q: Who may sign the application form?
A: The owner, other applicant-taxpayer, or a representative who has the applicant’s written authorization.


Q: What if my request is turned down?
A: If your request is turned down, your property taxes will be unaffected and there are absolutely no penalties the following year if you choose to file again.

Do you have any questions about property tax reduction? Contact us today by calling 516-484-0654 or visit us online at www.ptrc.com

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Utilizing The P.T.R.C. Website

Property Tax Reduction Consultants
125 Jericho Turnpike, Jericho, NY 11753
516-484-0654 or 631-484-0654
www.PTRC.com

Are you interested in reducing your property taxes? Property Tax Reduction Consultants is dedicated to assuring that our clients pay the lowest possible property taxes as required by law.

To get started with P.T.R.C. and the property tax reduction process, we recommend visiting us online at www.ptrc.com.

In the informative video below, Sean Acosta, President and Founder of P.T.R.C. walks through the website and highlights some of the valuable tools free for you to use and how to best utilize them. You will also see in this video how easy it is to apply online and download all forms needed to complete the process.

Let us know what you think on our Facebook page!


Thursday, April 24, 2014

Reduce Your Property Taxes Today with P.T.R.C.

Property Tax Reduction Consultants
125 Jericho Turnpike, Jericho, NY 11753
516-484-0654 or 631-484-0654
www.PTRC.com

May 20th is right around the corner, hurry up and get your grievance filed with Property Tax Reduction Consultants today! Our number one goal is to decrease your property tax assessment with personalized and professional service.

With the latest data, technology, strategy and negotiation skills, Property Tax Reduction Consultants helps you determine if you are overpaying on your property taxes. We pride ourselves in handling every aspect of the process for our clients – you do nothing!

And get this, there is no fee to be qualified, you heard right NO FEE! No reduction = no fee!


Don’t miss out on this opportunity to lower your property taxes. Call us at 631-484-0654 or 516-484-0654 to speak with our team of experts. You can also visit us online at www.ptrc.com for more information. 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

27 Days Remain to File a Grievance in Suffolk County

 Property Tax Reduction Consultants
125 Jericho Turnpike, Jericho, NY 11753
516-484-0654 or 631-484-0654
www.PTRC.com

Still haven’t filed your Suffolk County grievance yet? Don’t you worry you still have 27 days left to file! If you are a homeowner in Suffolk County and looking to reduce your property taxes, P.T.R.C will work with you to ensure you pay the lowest possible property taxes as required by law!

We help homeowners just like you, to save money and get refunds from the towns overpaid property taxes. We handle everything – you do nothing! If we see that you are paying your fair share of property taxes there is certainly NO cost to you!

LET PROPERTY TAX REDUCTION CONSULTANTS HELP YOU!

Beat the deadline and apply now! Give us a call today at 631-484-0654 or visit us online at www.ptrc.com.




Thursday, April 10, 2014

39 Days Until Suffolk County Grievance Deadline - File Today!

Property Tax Reduction Consultants
125 Jericho Turnpike, Jericho, NY 11753
516-484-0654 or 631-484-0654
www.PTRC.com

The Suffolk County Grievance Deadline is only 39 short days away! If you're a Suffolk County homeowner and you're looking to reduce your property taxes, there is still time!

Did you know New Yorkers pay among the highest property taxes in the country? P.T.R.C. is dedicated to assuring that all of our clients pay the lowest possibly property tax as required by law. We pride ourselves in taking care of the entire process for you. We have helped over 150,000 homeowners save money and receive refunds from towns on overpaid property taxes.

There is absolutely no fee to be qualified. If one of our professionals finds that you are paying your fair share on your property taxes, there will be no cost to you at all.

If you're interested in filing a grievance, contact Property Tax Reduction Consultants today by calling 631-484-0654 or visit us online at www.ptrc.com.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Thank You!

Property Tax Reduction Consultants
125 Jericho Turnpike, Jericho, NY 11753
516-484-0654 or 631-484-0654
www.PTRC.com

The Nassau County Grievance Deadline has officially come to an end. Property Tax Reduction Consultants would like to thank all of our clients who signed an application with us this year. Your business is greatly appreciated.

For more information on Property Tax Reduction Consultants, please visit us online at www.ptrc.com or give us a call at 516-484-0654. We look forward to hearing from you.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Nassau County Grievance Deadline: 2 Days Away

Property Tax Reduction Consultants
125 Jericho Turnpike, Jericho, NY 11753
516-484-0654 or 631-484-0654
www.PTRC.com

The Nassau County grievance deadline is only 2 days away!  All homeowners who want to file a grievance in Nassau County need to do so by Monday, March 3rd.  Don’t miss out on this simple way to reduce your property taxes!

We make the application process simple.  You can fax, mail, email and fill out the form directly on our website!  Visit www.ptrc.com for more information on how to file a grievance or call 484-0654 to contact our office.  

We are dedicated to helping you reduce your property taxes.  File your grievance this weekend!

Friday, February 14, 2014

March 3rd Grievance Deadline is 16 Days Away!

Property Tax Reduction Consultants
125 Jericho Turnpike, Jericho, NY 11753
516-484-0654 or 631-484-0654
www.PTRC.com

The March 3rd Nassau County Grievance Deadline is only 16 days away! We encourage you to take this opportunity to become a homeowner that pays their fair share of property tax before its too late.

Reasons to file now:
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  • Municipalities only accept applications once a year. Beat the deadline and apply now!
  • Your taxes cannot increase because of this process.
  • No one from our office will come to your home. We will handle every part of the process - you do nothing!
  • There is NO fee to be qualified.
  • We will make any necessary appearances on your behalf. 

For more information on Property Tax Reduction Consultants, please visit us online at www.ptrc.com.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Don't Miss Out on a Great Opportunity to Lower Your Property Taxes - File Today!

Property Tax Reduction Consultants
125 Jericho Turnpike, Jericho, NY 11753
516-484-0654 or 631-484-0654
www.PTRC.com

Homeowners, don't miss out on your chance to lower your property taxes. Sign an application with Property Tax Reduction Consultants today!

If you miss the annual grievance deadline, you will have to wait another full year to file. P.T.R.C. understands that Long Island homeowners pay among the highest property taxes in the country and we can help you fix that. As a homeowner, this is your legal right.

The 2014 deadlines are as follows:
Nassau County - March 3rd
Suffolk County - May 20th

For more information about P.T.R.C. and the grievance process, please visit us online at www.ptrc.com or give us call at 516-484-0654.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Long Island Restaurants Open for the Holidays

Property Tax Reduction Consultants
125 Jericho Turnpike, Jericho, NY 11753
516-484-0654 or 631-484-0654
www.PTRC.com

If you’re not looking to cook this holiday season, check out some restaurants on Long Island serving families this Christmas and Christmas Eve!

Thank you to www.about.com for the great suggestions. To find out prices and times of restaurant openings, please CLICK HERE.

Revel Restaurant
Christmas Eve
835 Franklin Avenue, Garden City, NY

Mirabelle Tavern & Restaurant
Christmas Eve
150 Main Street Stony Brook, NY

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Christmas Eve
3 Consuelo Place Oakdale, NY

The Garden City Hotel
Christmas Day Brunch and Dinner
45 Seventh Street Garden City, NY


Happy Holidays from Property Tax Reduction Consultants!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Time's Running Out! Sign your Application Today!

Property Tax Reduction Consultants
125 Jericho Turnpike, Jericho, NY 11753
516-484-0654 or 631-484-0654
www.PTRC.com

Have you filed a property tax grievance yet? Time is running out, homeowners. If you miss the annual deadline, you will have to wait another year to file. P.T.R.C. Inc. understands that Long Island homeowners pay among the highest property taxes in the country and we can help!

We make it easy. You can find your application right here and file today. We’re dedicated to helping homeowners save money and we uphold our reputation in all that we do.

Since 1990, we've found annual savings for people just like you. See for yourself the difference we make at P.T.R.C. Inc. and let us make that difference for you.

We wish you a very happy holiday and look forward to bringing you an even happier, more affordable, new year.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Interested in How P.T.R.C. Can Help You?

Property Tax Reduction Consultants 
125 Jericho Turnpike, Jericho, NY 11753
516-484-0654 or 631-484-0654
www.PTRC.com

If you’re considering signing an application with Property Tax Reduction Consultants, listen to what some of our customers are saying about how we helped them lower their property taxes!

P.T.R.C. is here to help you and guide you through the tax grievance process. For more information, contact us today at 516-484-0654.

Thank you for getting my Floral Park Village taxes successfully adjusted & for my check.
-Barbara, 7/8/13

Keep up the good work!
-Joe, 6/8/13

Thanks for your effort in getting tax reductions from County and School Taxes. Please look into getting a tax break from Village of Lynbrook, they are very high.
-Anthony, 5/20/13

Just a note to inform you why I’m contacting your company. My friend Ms. Lane used your business 5 years ago and convinced me to do the same.
-Jean, 2/22/13

Thanks for a great tax break for 72 year old senior.
-Al, 2/14/13